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Another Black Eye for Mississippi; It’s NOT Heritage, It’s Hate…

Mississippians voted in the midterms in record numbers, something we should all be proud of. However, spoiler alert, a Mississippian embarrassed the entire state.

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A voter in Olive Branch, Mississippi, Clayton John Hickey, wore this shirt to vote on Tuesday. He has since lost his job and is a pariah on social media. 

Surprisingly, or perhaps ashamedly not, persons are defending him for wearing this. There really is no defense. Does he have Constitutional protections to wear this shirt? Yes. Are their consequences for our actions? Yes.

The “confederate” flag has become a symbol of hate and division. Perhaps it had proud beginnings, but that has been overpowered by hate groups. The above shirt, in addition to the flag, has a noose and “Mississippi Justice” emblazoned on it. Inexcusable.

Our state leaders would do well to take a stand not only against Hickey, but against this symbol.

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Literally a campaign sign for Chris McDaniel. 

There is absolutely no connection between Hickey and McDaniel…other than the “rebel” canton. However, you are mistaken if you believe explaining your policy differences will somehow distinguish your position on the State flag and the voters referendum in 2001, arguing it gives you the moral high-ground to continue to support an indisputable symbol of hate and intolerance.

“In 2001, there was a vote.  This vote was not “Do you Love the Current Flag above all Others?”  But instead it was do you Like “Flag A” better than “Flag B” ?  Flag A won, 64.39% to 35.61%.” …and Flag B was ugly. -Matthew Thompson

 

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Actual McDaniel sign on public display. You know your campaign and materials have issues when your own supporters cover up part of your sign

The Stennis Flag

download.jpgThere is a push afoot to adopt this Flag, the Stennis flag, as the State’s new symbol. It began grass-roots, but has taken hold and can be seen throughout the state. The flag was designed by Senator John C. Stennis’s granddaughter, Laurin Stennis, a Mississippi artist.
The significance of the flag is explained;
  • Nineteen stars form a circle around a larger center star, which represents Mississippi as the 20th state to join the Union in 1817.
  • The centering of the blue star on the field of white is an inverted “Bonnie Blue,” a reference to the state’s secession (1861 – 1865).
  • The circular shape symbolizes wholeness and continuity and is also drawn from artifacts of indigenous peoples to our region, particularly, the Choctaw Nation.
  • The red bars stand in opposition, recognizing the passionate differences we sometimes harbor, as well as in honor of those who have given their lives in pursuit of liberty and justice for all.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and is tired of the hate, rhetoric and, in the immortal (paraphrased) words of Fannie Lou Hamer, is sick and tired of being sick and tired for our State.

 

Flag vs. Reality( Tip-toeing into Politics)

The Mississippi Flag is in the news! Unfortunately, it is for all of the wrong reasons.

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Not the Mississippi Flag.

In 2001, there was a vote.  This vote was not “Do you Love the Current Flag above all Others?”  But instead it was do you Like “Flag A” better than “Flag B” ?  Flag A won, 64.39% to 35.61%.

Flag A

Flag B

A majority picked A, but was it decisive for all eternity? No. There was not a Flag C to choose from.  Flag B, and other options that didn’t make the cut, came about through committee. (Read more at the link).

Heritage or hate? Those arguments will not get you to a consensus. Think dollars and sense. Changing the flag will be a boon for the economy. For flag makers, sticker vendors, hat makers and those artisans that make those tiny spoons you see at the Flying J. A new flag can still have roots in heritage, NOT be associated with hate, AND be the will of the people!

Interestingly the tragedy out of South Carolina is the reason this is on the forefront today and it’s NOT even South Carolina’s State Flag.

I’ve seen the South Carolina State Flag on everything. Hats, shirts, koozies, stickers, key chains, bow ties. The list is endless. It is time for Mississippi to have a State Flag that the entire State can be proud of.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in South Carolina.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and supports changing the flag in Mississippi and vows to not wear a bow tie with the current state flag on it. 

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